Marilyn Monroe

Happy birthday Ms Monroe

Had she lived to see it, today would have been Marilyn Monroe's 85th birthday. To celebrate the life of one of the most photographed women of last century, we've put together a selection of images of her life.

Two queens to be auctioned off

A painting of the Queen by Andy Warhol – part of the artist's Reigning Queens series – is estimated to sell for £20,000 to £30,000 when it is auctioned at Bonhams in London tomorrow.

Love from London: A City of Stars

A new photography exhibition captures stars from the golden age of cinema as they enjoy stepping out in London. From Elizabeth Taylor fending off pigeons in Trafalgar Square to Audrey Hepburn taking her dog for a run in Richmond Park.

Marilyn Monroe and her literary loves

The movie star was famed for playing ditzy blondes on screen, but a new book of her writings reveals her passion for James Joyce, Walt Whitman and Samuel Beckett

The Timeline: Political siblings

Fraternal amity is not a condition necessarily associated with the Roman Empire in its latter days, though the Gracchus brothers do seem to have held each other in high regard. Both tribunes of the Republic and both possessed of "eloquence sufficient to make the less creditable plausible", as Plutarch has it, their campaign on behalf of Rome's down-trodden alienated the senatorial elite and led to their end. Tiberius was slain with a foot stool by a Senator with a gripe. His brother Gaius committed suicide on the point of his personal slave's sword.

Sean O'Grady: America has become a hostage of its own quest for energy

America faces a problem, a dilemma so fundamental that not even the political skills of Barack Obama can disguise it, heightened by, but not originating in the BP affair: She either risks her environment by drilling for more domestically sourced oil, or she accepts the need to import more from a turbulent world – jeopardising her "energy security".

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Mister Lonely (15)

Off-the-graph oddity. The least that can be said for Harmony Korine is that his films aren't like many others.

Kylie v Nicola (no contest)

One is a former child star who became a pop diva, the other an entrepreneur. So which is a role model for young businesswomen? By Sophie Goodchild